Martin Lewis OBE helps to launch the LSE 1895 Society


Alumni and friends celebrating the formal launch of LSE’s 1895 Society in April were treated to an engaging conversation between alumnus Martin Lewis OBE (BSc Government 1994) and LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun.

The special reception at Senate House invited the School’s generous annual giving community to help launch the1895 Society, which recognises donors whose annual support for the School at a leadership level has a profound impact on all aspects of LSE life. Guests shared in a Q&A between Professor Calhoun and Mr Lewis, a School governor and 1895 Society member, in which they discussed a range of topics including student finance, pensions and tax planning. Since graduating from LSE in the mid 90s, Mr Lewis has become a leading journalist and consumer campaigner, having launched, the UK’s biggest money website. As well as spearheading major financial justice campaigns, he also has his own prime-time UK television show, The Martin Lewis Money Show, and was appointed to the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2014. 

On the significance of the 1895 Society and its generous members, Professor Calhoun commented: “Leadership support from alumni and friends around the world has helped the Annual Fund reach new high levels. This supports a range of valuable activities and projects throughout LSE each year. In the last year alone, such gifts have helped provide significant support for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, enabled 27 New Futures Fund scholars to enjoy an LSE education, and has offered essential funding to 60 student life projects that enhance the LSE experience for our 10,000 students.” 

“LSE is one of the world’s great institutions, and many successful alumni owe somewhere between a smidgeon and chunk of their success to it - I certainly do,” said Martin Lewis. “I came to the School as a boy from a forest in Cheshire and felt a world of opportunities opened up; LSE is uniquely placed in the centre of the city, political and legal worlds. The joy of LSE is that those who want to make money are grounded in the responsibilities that come with wealth, while those who want to change the world are taught that the economics always count. For me those are both something to support.”

The LSE 1895 Society

Named in tribute to the founders of the School, the LSE 1895 Society recognises donors whose annual support for the School at a leadership level has a profound impact on all aspects of LSE life, and is comprised of the Shaw Circle (gifts ranging from £1,000 - £4,999), the Wallas Circle (£5,000 - £9,999), and the Webb Circle (£10,000+). Members of the LSE 1895 Society also act as ambassadors to other alumni and friends of the School by showing their commitment to philanthropy in shaping the future of LSE.

More information on the 1895 Society can be found at